Water Colors

If socks are the new ties, could umbrellas be the new totes? Between bright florals, cheeky plaids, psychedelic mushrooms, and vibrant butterflies, these graphic parapluies have turned what was once merely a rainy day necessity into a statement-making accessory. Better yet, they rob you of any excuse for carrying a solemn, utilitarian black shield overhead.

Luigi Borrelli, the Ialian company best known for its custom shrits, keeps polka dots subtle on a backdrop of moss green. $295; 212-644-9610

Etro took this mixed florarl Liberty print straight off its spring runway, where the pattern showed up on dresses and skirts. $270; 212-317-9096

Pare Umbrella's whimsical mushrooms on chocolate is a top seller at the Manhattan boutique Blue Tree. $125; 212-369-2583

Brella Bar, which stocks scores of high-end broillies, counts a citrusy one with a butterfly print among its most cheerful. $260; 212-813-9530

Jack Spade created a yellow, geren, and red tartan umbrella that is equal parts preppy and downtown cool. $185; 212-625-1820

Burberry's chic new minimalist design features the company's looping signature logo across a black backgound. $225; 866-586-0499